Fourth of July Trivia – American Flag Edition
2. When a new state is added to the union, a star gets added to the American flag. On what day of the year are new stars always added?
a. June 14th – Flag Day
b. July 4th – Independence Day
c. Memorial Day
d. November 11th – Veterans Day
3. How many times has the American flag changed due to the addition of new states?
4. True or False: The designer of the current 50-star flag was a high school student.
5. What is the name of the first American flag which featured 13 stars and 13 stripes?
a. The Stars and Stripes
b. Betsy Ross Flag
c. Star-Spangled Banner
d. Cowpens Flag
6. According to the U.S. Department of State, what are the names given to the American flag’s colors?
a. American red, white and American blue
b. Red, white and blue
c. Grand red, star white and Continental blue
d. Old glory red, white and old glory blue
7. How many American flags have been planted on the moon?
8. The Star-Spangled Banner, which flew at Fort McHenry and was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem, was originally how large?
a. 4 feet by 5 feet
b. 30 feet by 42 feet
c. 30 feet by 34 feet
d. 14 feet by 17 feet
9. What is an expert on flags and their history called?
10. True or False: The pledge of allegiance was also written by Francis Scott Key.
1. c. Union Jack
2. b. July 4th – Independence Day
3. d. 26
4. True – Robert G. Heft was a 17-year old high school student when he designed the current American flag in 1958. He was only awarded a B- for the sewing project, but President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose his design out of 1,500 entries. Needless to say, Heft’s teacher raised his grade after his design won the contest.
5. b. Betsy Ross Flag – Betsy Ross claims to be the seamstress and creator of the first American flag, but there is no evidence to support this claim.
6. d. Old glory red, white and old glory blue – The HTML codes and Pantone equivalents can be found on the Department of State’s style guide.
7. a. 6 – All from Apollo missions (11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17)
8. b. 30 feet by 42 feet – This was the original size of the 15-star and 15-stripe American flag, but it is now 30 feet by 34 feet and is displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Over 200 square feet of the flag, as well as one of the stars, was given away as souvenirs to veterans, government officials and other honored citizens in the late 1800s.
9. d. Vexillologist
10. False – Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, but Francis Bellamy wrote the pledge of allegiance.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend and July 4th!
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